The crisis hotline is available 24/7 hours to provide immediate crisis counseling and support to deaf victims/survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault, their family, and friends in emotional distress. Call if you have an urgent situation, need more information, or would like to speak with an advocate.
One On One Peer Counseling
One on one visits with Advocates who provide victims and survivors with non-judgmental emotional support, validation of feelings, assistance with safety planning, and information about options and resources is available.
Housing Advocacy and Support
DIAA provides one on one help in locating housing for victim/survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault. Advocates work with victims to assess and determine safe housing options and provide guidance, support, and referrals to community and landlord resources.
Prevention Education and Community Awareness
DIAA is available to share and educate about issues surrounding Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Teen Dating Violence, Stalking, Bullying and Deaf Culture for a variety of stakeholders to build safer communities. Additional topics such as dating violence, healthy and unhealthy relationship dynamics, and basics of American Sign Language are included for community organizations, law enforcement personnel, emergency medical services (EMS), fire departments, schools, and businesses.
DIAA offers 24 hours advocacy services to provide information and support regarding options and rights with legal, medical, and social services systems. DIAA can provide support during medical exams, police interviews, lawyer appointments, or court appearances and can also help work with agencies related to employment, housing, education, child protection, law enforcement, child care, clergy, and transportation.
DIAA provides culturally-competent training and support for those who interact with victims of crime to ensure they have full understanding of how to respond and best support victims and survivors who are Deaf, hard of hearing, and Deaf-Blind in Iowa. These trainings are free and available to any agency in Iowa who responds or work with victims and survivors.
For more training information contact Jennifer Upah-Kyes at email@example.com
Bullying occurs when a child or teen experiences unwanted or aggressive which involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Learn more >
Domestic Violence includes all types of physical abuse, emotional abuse, economic abuse, and psychological abuse. Learn more >
Sexual abuse is the forcing of undesired sexual behavior by one person upon another. This includes unwanted kissing or touching, rape, and sexual assault with someone who is unconscious. Learn more >
Teen Dating Violence can happen to boys or girls and to a variety of ages. This includes controlling behavior, criticism, physical abuse, and forced sexual activities. Learn more >
Stalking is a behavior directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. It is pervasive, dangerous, and potentially lethal. Learn more>
Deaf Iowans Against Abuse empowers the deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind to end domestic violence and sexual assault within the deaf community. DIAA provides prevention education to the community, as well as direct-advocacy to individuals and families. Learn more >